The staff at Pack Pride is always looking for new and improved ways to provide recruiting coverage. With the NFL recently completing their 2005 draft, we started wondering what an NC State draft might look like if such an event were possible. So, we started researching the recruiting needs for the class of 2006 and the top prospects that the Pack has targeted to meet those needs. We compiled all the information and came up with, who we believe to be, 20 of the most important recruits for 2005. We've ranked them in order based on talent and the Wolfpack's need at each position and will work backwards from No. 20 to No. 1. As always, the info provided in this report is solely the opinion of the staff at Pack Pride and is in no way connected with any actual recruiting board of the coaching staff at NC State. Today we highlight our pick for the Pack's 5th selection.
Pack Pride's pick as the No. 5 selection in the 2005 mock draft is....WR Owen Spencer.
With NC State losing Tramain Hall, Brian Clark, Sterling Hicks, and Fred Spann after this season to graduation, the Wolfpack will desperately be searching for wideouts in the '06 recruiting class and one of the nation's best is Leland (NC) North Brunswick star Owen Spencer.
Spencer was outstanding as a junior, and has impressed this spring during combines and camps with his athleticism, speed, and route-running. Like former Pack standout Richard Washington, Spencer has a slight frame but blazing speed and the toughness to go across the middle of the field and make plays. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound wideout is arguably a top-10 prospect in the state of North Carolina and his recruitment is picking up steam.
NC State was the first school to offer a scholarship, as has East Carolina, and the Wolfpack are in terrific shape as wide receivers coach Dwayne Dixon is handling Spencer's recruitment. Virginia Tech and Virginia are reportedly sending offers after seeing Spencer's junior film, and Clemson and South Carolina are also in the mix.
Spencer has already named NC State his favorite. "My favorite is still N.C. State," said Spencer. "They've got great facilities, show a lot of interest, and are close to home. They've got a good team, good defense so I have more opportunities to get on the field, and guaranteeing me the ball."
With NC State's need for wide receivers, there is no doubt that Spencer is a major target for the Wolfpack.
Stats: Last season, Spencer helped lead North Brunswick to a 10-2 record (7-0 conference). He posted astounding numbers, as he caught 30 passes for 802 yards (26.7 yards per catch) and 13 touchdowns, nearly a touchdown every two receptions.
Spencer Quotable: "I have speed, and ability to go get the ball and dominate any defender – I'm able to get separation."